The full cast is set for the Kennedy Center’s upcoming Broadway Center Stage production of The Who’s Tommy. As previously announced, the staging, led by Casey Cott in the title role, will run April 24–29 at the Eisenhower Theater.
Among those newly announced to round out the company are Mykal Kilgore (Encores!’ Songs for a New World) and Taylor Iman Jones (Broadway’s Head Over Heels), as well as Olutayo Bosede, Charl Brown, Rory Donovan, Declan Fennell, Samantha Gershman, Hudson Loverro, Nick Martinez, Michael Milkanin, Trina Mills, Khori Michelle Petinaud, Tiernan Tunnicliffe, Matthew Varvar, Kaleb Wells, Sharrod Williams, and Kristin Yancy.
In addition to Cott, the principal cast also includes Tony winner Christian Borle and Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez as Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker, with Manu Narayan as Uncle Ernie, Wesley Taylor as Cousin Kevin, and Kimberly Nichole as the “Acid Queen” Gypsy.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Who’s original concept album for the rock opera, about a “deaf, dumb, and blind” boy who overcomes his disabilities with the help of ace pinball skills. The rock band’s Pete Townshend penned the score, as well as the book alongside Des McAnuff; the show also features additional music and lyrics by The Who’s John Entwistle and Keith Moon.
Josh Rhodes will direct and choreograph the semi-staged production, which rounds out the Center’s 2018–2019 Broadway Center Stage season after Little Shop of Horrors and The Music Man. The series returns next season with Footloose, Next to Normal (starring Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones), and Bye Bye Birdie.